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Psychosocial Working Group

The Psychosocial Working Group (PWG) was established in 2000 with the support of grants from the Andrew Mellon Foundation as a collaboration between academic institutions and humanitarian agencies committed to the development of knowledge and best practice in the field of psychosocial interventions in complex emergencies. Working in partnership, members seek to develop the field of psychosocial intervention in order to improve humanitarian assistance programmes to conflict and disaster-affected populations. Partners are committed to research, practice development and wider networking with humanitarian agencies and academic institutions.

PWG Produced Papers - Through extensive dialogue between organisations and practitioners representing a range of approaches and orientations to psychosocial intervention the group has worked to develop a series of papers addressing different issues in psychosocial work.

Inventory of Key Resources - This inventory is a collection of key literature, some grey (unpublished), that allows ready access to project-related documentation exemplifying key methods and principles of psychosocial interventions. The Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, on behalf of the Psychosocial Working Group, has developed this collection as a resource for academics and practitioners with the help of the Forced Migration Online team.

A wider collection of related online literature is also held.


Dr Maryanne Loughry
Refugee Studies Centre
University of Oxford

Dr Alison Strang
Co-ordinator of the Psychosocial Working Group
Institute for International Health and Development, Queen Margaret University College (QMUC), Edinburgh

Last updated Mar 18, 2011